Promoting Wise Management of Natural Resources in Greene County, New York Since 1961

A view of the Environmental Field Station with the Hudson River in the BackgroundA view of the Environmental Field Station with the Hudson River in the backgroundIn 1990, the Greene County Soil & Water Conservation District initiated the development of an environmental education center on the banks of the Hudson River. Utilizing a 52.4 Ac parcel donated to Greene County by The Nature Conservancy in the 1970s, the District drafted a phased development plan and worked to secure grants from a variety of sources. The Preserve provides access to over 3500 feet of Hudson River shoreline and the property is characterized by several distinct forest types, tidal wetlands, rolling hills as well as step slopes near the river.

IMG1cohotateThe Environmental Field StationIn 1996, the District entered into a partnership with Columbia Greene Community College to undertake the development of an Environmental Field Station which could support the college's programs as well as be used by other environmental education organizations. The District coordinated the construction of a 30'x40' structure which contains a lab, classroom and prep space. The building was constructed primarily by GCSWCD, CGCC, Greene County Buildings and Grounds Department, Greene County Highway Department, and the Town of Athens Highway Department. Some work, such as the roof system was contracted to private builders.

In 1998, the District also constructed a pond and wetland area in the preserve. The pond increases educational opportunities at the Preserve and is located in the upper portion of theh property. The pond also provides increased open space for species diversity.

IMG3Interior of the environmental field station